KUALA LUMPUR — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today dismissed a viral message on WhatsApp claiming the PKR president was requesting media coverage for a meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in Istana Negara this morning.
The Port Dickson MP told reporters that the message was not from him as he has been in Parliament since morning.
Anwar said the last time he had an audience with the King was three weeks ago.
“This is an effort to pit by those without any strength. When you don’t have any strength, you will use slander and lies,” he added.
He hoped the public will not be influenced by the latest viral message, noting that such fake news was occurring on an almost daily basis.
PKR communications chief Fahmi Fadzil told reporters at the Parliament that he plans to lodge a police report after allegations spread that he had confirmed Anwar’s meeting with the King.
“At around 10.30am this morning, I was informed by media friends that a message went viral, saying that I had confirmed the presence of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Istana Negara.
“I would like to confirm that I did not send out the message. This is a disgusting, dirty tactic and I will lodge a police report because my name was used by irresponsible parties to create a falsehood, slander and it is politically motivated,” the Lembah Pantai MP said.
The message that went viral early this morning read: “PKR communications chief Fahmi Fadzil have confirmed that Anwar is now at Istana Negara to meet with the YDP. We request media friends to head to the Istana for the coverage.” – MALAY MAIL
Anwar dismisses rumours, says no meeting with Agong
RUMOURS of a meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong today are unfounded, said PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
“Don’t fall prey to fake news,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
Anwar, who arrived at Parliament at 10am today, said he has no plans to meet the Agong when asked about a message circulating in chat groups that he had gone to Istana Negara for an audience.
The rumour comes amid speculation of moves to oust Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as well as of counter efforts to keep him in office, following Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) worse-than-expected defeat in the recent Tg Piai by-election.
Anwar, who is Port Dickson MP and prime minister-in-waiting under an agreement between PH parties, said the rumour is the work of those who are politically weak.
“This is an attempt by those who are weak. When they have no power, they use slander and deceit.”
He added the public should learn to distinguish what is slander and not be influenced, as he believes such fake news will become more frequent.
“This is a small, deliberate attempt to slander. I hope we’re not influenced by this, because it will happen every day.”
Anwar said he last met the Agongg on October 16 and there are no meetings scheduled with the palace.
Meanwhile, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil told reporters he would be making a police report over the rumour that Anwar had gone to the palace for a royal audience.
These developments follow a Monday night meeting hosted by PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali at his residence, with 22 Barisan Nasional MPs and several PKR MPs, purportedly to discuss ways to keep Dr Mahathir in power.
Azmin, who denied speculation about the meeting and saying it was an “ordinary one”, has fallen out with party boss Anwar over the past year.
Azmin also openly declared support for Dr Mahathir to remain in office until the end of his term, instead of handing the prime minister’s post to Anwar mid-way. THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT
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